Sometime ago I wrote
Italy covers nude statues for Rouhani visit
Today I read in the Washington Post by Alexandra Petri
The principal of Tallahassee Classical School was forced to resign this week after sixth-grade art students were shown images of Michelangelo’s David and parents complained. Yes, that David. No, I am not making this up. According to an interview with the school board chair by Slate’s Dan Kois, the principal of the charter school was supposed to send out a letter from the art teacher alerting parents that the nude statue would be shown.
I can’t stop thinking about what this warning letter might have said.
Just wanted to let you know that in this art class, we’re going to be showing the students some art. Will that be okay? You signed up for a classical education, in theory — at least, that word is in the name of our school! — so I had sort of hoped it would be!
Here is all the art we might be showing your children, with reasons you might object. Please let us know if you object!
To avoid any other controversy, the rest of the class is just going to be pictures of “The Scream” (Edvard Munch), over and over!
This might be funny. A tragicomedy of sort, Kafkaesque in nature.
Enough is enough. Some parents are using their rights to oppress the majority and plainly shut them out. It is time for those parents who do not agree with extremist puritanism to speak and act.
Shouting and bullying by religious extremisme changed Islamic culture in the Middle East since the nineties of the 20th century. Just compare pictures from the seventies with today, you can see the change by the increase in women wearing Islamic headscarves. ISIS was a natural progression.
The US needs to beware of a puritanism push lead by populist politicians using it to help them acceed to power heralding an era of a new 'inquisition' culture called anti-Woke struggle.
For those who believe that it does not concern them, let them look at how it will affect their lives. Suppressing imagination, creativity, and tolerance leads to a society where prejudice reigns and to a deep antagonism for democracy.
We could argue that many studies indicate that exclusionary environments account for a 3% GDP loss. We could state many studies about the effects of prejudice on social cohesion and human development. I want to just mention common sense. Social cohesion is necessary for any country to develop and flourish and be happy.
It is a nightmare to imagine myself living in a world where neighbors view each other across a 'woke/anti-woke' divide. At the end they refuse to live together, countries split, then the splinter entities split again along new lines of exclusion. They can only survive under autocratic regimes.